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Thread: What do you guys think of HIT bodybuilding?

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    What do you guys think of HIT bodybuilding?

    Well I just started my bulk and wanted to know if i'd benefit more from HIT bodybuilding or just doing standard 2-3 sets for each exercise. Those not familiar with HIT its where you do 1 set of 6-10 to failure for every exercise, I've heard some good things about HIT training saying you'll gain mass more quickly and just wanted to know what everyones opinion on this was.

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    My opinion is that pretty much any method of progressive weight training will 'work' to some degree.

    I think HIT is at the lower end of the 'working' spectrum, although it may have it's place depending on the individual's situation.

    For example - a 40 year old man with kids and a job who only has very limited time to hit the gym and limited recovery ability may find low volume HIT the way to go.

    A 20 year old college student probably won't.
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    I think it depends on how HIT is applied. It's easily done incorrectly, as it is extremely hard to get the full benefits of an exercise with one 'death set'.

    "Those not familiar with HIT its where you do 1 set of 6-10 to failure for every exercise"

    that's too narrow of a view-- there are definitely a lot of people who dogmatically insist that it must be one, and only one set, for a certain rep range, but the real basis for HIT is going all out for one set, maybe two, and 'not leaving anything in the tank' for additional sets.

    I personally wouldn't get much benefit from one set of 6 or 7 reps, that's too low of a rep range for my muscles to get going. For example, if I'm doing only one set, I need at least 10 full reps, usually a little more.

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    its again all about genetics, if you can respond well to HIT then it is for you, personally i dont respond well to it.

    but the best variation of HIT ive seen was implied by Dorian Yates he does alot of warm up sets then has his one big al out set ex.

    if you can bench 300 for 8 reps max

    300x8+ some forced reps

    this way seems to make alot more sense than just doing one all out set with no proper preparations and warmups...
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    I'd have to agree with this one. I found myself almost hurting some muscles unless I give them a few warmup sets.
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